Will the pencil work for general navigation?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 9, 2011
New England
Every "hands on" video I can find only showed people using the pencil within the notes or drawing apps. Anyone know if the pencil will work in place of a finger for general use?


macrumors 603
Oct 24, 2014
Considering iOS doesn't currently support a mouse the answer is probably no until they add support.


macrumors 68040
Sep 8, 2003
Yes (according to the dev docs):

UITouch is the class used for all touch events. And this is where Apple made their changes. A stylus touch is a UITouch, exactly like a finger touch. The difference is a new flag on the touch type (Finger, Stylus, or Indirect which is used for UI automation), and a couple extra properties with pressure and tilt information. So here's how it works in practice...

If your app does nothing, the stylus touch will show up as a finger touch. So the app will behave like it is a finger. If you want to enable stylus support to get at the pressure and tilt information, you go do that. But it actually takes work to ignore the stylus, so there is no real reason to do so.